Completed in March 2015, this walk is one of many I have planned along major Twin Cities thoroughfares. On the day of the walk, I tweeted my adventures using #LyndaleWalk.
Distance: 20.2 miles
Elapsed time: 7:21:41
Moving time: 5:41:32
Average pace: 16:52/mile
FitBit step total for the day: 45,012 steps
After reading A midday escape on Lyndale Avenue in the Southwest Journal last year, I decided I wanted to walk the entire length of the major thoroughfare as one of my local walking challenges.
This walk had me step foot in four cities: Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington.
Within Minneapolis, I was in 14 neighborhoods: Lind-Bohanen, Webber-Camden, McKinley, Hawthorne, Near-North, Sumner-Glenwood, Harrison, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, CARAG, East Harriet, Lynnhurst, and Kenny. Since Lyndale is the boundary for several of those neighborhoods, the list would be different had I walked on the east side of the street but for the most part I was on the west side during my time in the Minneapolis section.
The start of my Lyndale Avenue walk was at 57th Avenue North in Brooklyn Center near the Mississippi River. After I returned from my walk I realized that I should have started north of 62nd Avenue North. Good thing I’m not a perfectionist! (ha!)
Caught my eye along the way
The walk starts along the Mississippi River. It was difficult for me to leave the water but I had to in order to stay on Lyndale Avenue.
Driving along I-94, you may not know there is a beautiful park behind the sound barrier. North Mississippi Regional Park has great views of the Mississippi River, walking and biking trails, a playground, and a picnic area. Next time I’m at the park, I’ll check out the Carl Kroening Interpretive Center.
Read more about this building thanks to the investigative work of Ghost Signs of Minneapolis.
I need to sit on this bench in Farview Park at sunrise.
This sculpture marks the spot where the Celebration of Life mural once stood. It was torn down to make way for the Heritage Park housing development. Images of the mural by Bill Cottman.
Will this section of Lyndale Avenue be improved as a result of the Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction Project?
Scott met me for lunch at one of our favorite places on Lyndale Avenue – Common Roots Cafe. He was sick so unfortunately he couldn’t join me for the walk.
This couple went missing.
Then they were found.
I stopped at Washburn Library at 53rd Street and Lyndale Avenue South for a quick break. Urban hiking should always involve stops at local libraries!
David Fong’s has been open since 1958 and is the meeting place for the Bloomington Lion’s Club.
At the end of the 18 mile walk, I was ready to head home even though I wanted to explore the wildlife refuge. Have you ever been to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge? The Louisville Swamp Unit trails are beautiful.
Other major streets to serve as future walking adventures:
- Lake Street & Marshall Avenue
- Cedar Avenue
- Hennepin Avenue
- France Avenue
- Nicollet Avenue
- University Avenue
- 38th Street (great idea Jason!)
What’s your favorite street to explore in the Twin Cities? In Minnesota? In other states or countries?